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By Philip Roth

"With the sweetheart lifestyle recedes," Roth writes—and showing all his ability as a super observer of human ardour, he offers in Deception the tightly enclosed international of adulterous intimacy with a directness that has no equivalent in American fiction. on the middle of Deception are adulterers of their hiding position. he's a middle-aged American author named Philip, dwelling in London, and she or he is an articulate, clever, well-educated Englishwoman compromised via a humiliating marriage to which, in her thirties, she is already nervously half-resigned. The book's motion contains conversation—mainly the fanatics speaking to one another ahead of and after making love. That dialogue—sharp, wealthy, playful, inquiring, "moving," as Hermione Lee writes, "on a scale of discomfort from livid bafflement to stoic gaiety"—is approximately all there's to this e-book, and all there should be.

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